What to Watch: The Kitchen's New Cookbook Club and Firehouse Chefs Battle the Heat on Chopped

Pastry chef Jenny McCoy, right, prepares Chocolate Dried Cherry Bread Pudding with the help of host Katie Lee, left, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 1.

Photo by: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Emile Wamsteker, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

This weekend on Food Network it's all about comforting dishes and competitions that prove it's possible to overcome obstacles, no matter how big or small. On Saturday morning, watch a new episode of Trisha's Southern Kitchen, where Trisha cooks up Southern comfort foods for her friend Wendy Williams. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts launch their new cookbook club with Jenny McCoy's Desserts for Every Season, a copy of which will be given away on the blog tomorrow. Then in the evening, watch a new episode of On the Rocks, where John Green redoes an Irish pub.

On Sunday morning, tune in for Rachael Ray's 3 in the Bag, where she shows you how to make three dishes out of one bag of groceries. Then on Sandwich King, Jeff is making pizza burgers, an Italian sub and Bombini Doughnuts. In the evening, watch a new episode of Guy's Grocery Games, a special firefighters episode of Chopped and a new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, where one chef faces cooking in a tiny kitchen.

Today, Trisha is cooking straight up comfort food to welcome her friend Wendy Williams to the South. What better way to introduce her friend to Southern cooking than by having her help out in the kitchen? Trisha will be teaching Wendy how to make her Ribbon Meatloaf, Cream-Style Corn and decadent Banana Pudding. Trisha's even created a special Cherry Ginger Julep just for Wendy.

Tune In on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10:30am/9:30c

Viewers' tweets are answered as the chefs prepare a delicious recipe featuring the most-searched ingredients on FoodNetwork.com: chicken, kale and quinoa. Sunny Anderson introduces Jenny McCoy as the first inductee of The Kitchen's Cookbook Club for her cookbook Desserts for Every Season. Jeff Mauro helps Sunny with her Easy Cheesy Beefy Ravioli using pot roast cooked in a slow cooker. Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Perfect Manhattan as they all discuss what they're "Into and Over."

Tune In on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11am/10c

Bar expert John Green visits Mulligans, an Irish pub in Santa Clarita, Calif. In only four days, this pub will undergo extensive staff training, a major revamping of the cocktail and food menu, and a makeover that brings tears to the owner's eyes.

Tune In on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11pm/10c

Rachael turns one bag of groceries and a few staples from the pantry into three delicious, nutritious meals! Today's three-pack includes Chickpea and Potato Soup, Indian-inspired Crispy Curry Cutlet Sandwiches on Naan Bread and Spinach Tagliatelle with Buttery Tomato Sauce — proof that sometimes the simpler things in life are the best.

Tune In on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 9:30am/8:30c

First up is a pepperoni pizza burger, bomba style! Then it's an Italian sub like you've never seen, served with chile oil for dipping. For dessert, Lorenzo and his friends are helping to make Bombini Doughnuts topped with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

Tune In on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 10:30am/9:30c
Episode GK0108H

In Guy's first game, four chefs are challenged to make an Italian feast using only canned foods. Then it's Closing Time, so the chefs must race against the shutting lights to get all the fixins for the ultimate hot dog dish. The two chefs in the final game must come up with their best rice dish while incorporating mandatory items from Guy's wild Grocery List.

Tune In on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 8pm/7c

The firefighter competitors get the meal started with some hearty meat-and-cheese appetizers that would be a hit back at their firehouses, but will the judges enjoy them? Then in the entree round, some big errors with a non-basket-ingredient get one of the judges inordinately upset. And playing with fire is part of the challenge in the final round.

Tune In on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 9pm/8c

It's a tough dilemma when one chef forces another to choose between cooking with canned chicken or forfeiting half his or her cooking time. Then, two chefs battle the Cutthroat Kitchen ball and chain when they are forced to share knives and tools. And in a climactic culmination, one chef has big problems with a tiny kitchen.

Tune In on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 10pm/9c
Keep Reading

Next Up

WATCH: The Best Klutzy Outtakes from The Kitchen

Check out these hilarious bloopers of the cast of The Kitchen.

In the Kitchen with Little Chefs: Recipes to Make with Kids

Check out some of Food Network's favorite sweet and savory recipes for families to make together.

Speak Up, Fans: New Year, New Cocktail Segment on The Kitchen

The Kitchen is changing the name of its cocktail segment, and the show is looking for fan suggestions for a new name. Submit your ideas.

The Heat Is On with Sweet Desserts

Find out how the cast puts spicy ingredients to work in sweet desserts, and get their must-try recipes.

WATCH: The Do's and Don'ts of Football Parties

Hear from the cast of The Kitchen as they offer winning tips for both throwing and attending a big-game bash.

Dress Up Your Holiday Ham with The Kitchen's 2 New Recipes

Learn new ways to transform your holiday ham.